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MPA Degree Helps Grad Advance Her Career and Her Organization

Emily Olson

Emily Olson is the Director of Operations for a relatively new DC-based nonprofit – the Schools, Health and Libraries (SHLB) Coalition – Olson uses the knowledge she earned in grad school to get her organization’s wheels turning. “I have used some of my classwork in public administration – such as Ethics and Organization Theory – to set procedures and guidelines for my organization. I get to apply my grad school textbooks to my job – very rare!” Read her story.


MPA Graduate Keeps Fairfax County Running

James Patteson
James Patteson

If you live in Fairfax County, chances are you’ve benefited from James Patteson’s hard work without even knowing it. The 2001 Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate is the director of the county’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, which is responsible for Fairfax’s public infrastructure. Read the full story.

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